Common Ailment, Uncommon Cure
Lower back pain is one of the most
commonly shared ailments suffered by adults, with about 90% of Americans experiencing issues with low back pain
during their lives. As uncomfortable and inconvenient as lower back can be, it can be that frustrating as well,
given that in most cases, a specific underlying disease or injury will not be found. So, those who
suffer from this ailment will also have to manage through what is often a long process of finding the right
solution for their particular back issues.
That said, there are known causes of back
pain, including injury, disease, and structural malformations of the spine, hips and other bones. Pregnancy can
also cause back pain, as can menstrual cramps. Certain other specific conditions like kidneys disease, bladder or
pelvic infections and appendicitis is also associated with back pain. Fibromyalgia is also associated with lower
There are also causes that tend to result
in more chronic, long-term pain, such as a herniated disc in the lower back. These types of disc issues result in
nerve impingement, such as with sciatica, which causes sharp pain in the lower back, and often leg
Trauma, of course, is also a known cause
of lower back pain.
It is not always easy to know when to
seek treatment for your lower back pain; the answer to that question can vary from situation to situation. However,
pain that persists for more than a couple of days should always be examined, in particular if you have suffered a
The range of home care options is wide,
including taking over the counter medication such as Advil, Motrin or Nuprin (ibuprofen) or Tylenol
(acetaminophen). You can also try sleeping with a pillow between your legs, applying deep heating
ointments, and alternating hot and cold packs. Some people have pursed surgical options to
repair issues that are causing their chronic lower back pain from herniated discs and sciatica, but these options
have proved to provide mixed results.
Where at all possible, exercise is
recommended, as remaining in bed can lead to other medical issues including muscle atrophy, depression and blood
clots. Exercise might seem like the last thing in the world you will want to do when suffering back pain, but it
can also be the way out of the pain you are experiencing.
Muscle Balance Therapy is based on
understanding that imbalances in the strength and/or flexibility of adjacent muscle groups can cause posture
alternations that lead structural misalignment, which in turn, results in chronic pain. The principles behind this
understanding have been in practice for thousands of years. The Muscle Balance Therapy system starts with an
evaluation of the muscles that impact stability in your hips, pelvis and spine.
Based on the results of the assessment,
an individual plan to regain balanced muscle flexibility strength is developed, and exercise plan created for your
particular muscle imbalances.
Living with pain is not a choice you have
to make. The Muscle Balance Therapy system will allow you to go forward in your life not just free of pain, but
healthier and more vital.